Margaret Fisher '08
Randolph-Macon College alumna Margaret Fisher ’08, an
arts management major, loves to travel.
As an event specialist for the Education Division of the CFA Institute in Charlottesville,
Virginia, she travels extensively, primarily to Pakistan, India and Vietnam, where
she facilitates the planning of Chartered Financial Analyst tests. It’s a fast-paced
job—one that requires strong business skills and an attention to detail.
“Randolph Macon prepared me for the demands of my job by challenging me to try new
things,” says Fisher, who hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. “I took a lot of art
classes—art is a true passion of mine—but I knew I also wanted to explore other
subjects. My business classes helped
me understand the details about budgets, sales and marketing.”
Through her involvement in
campus organizations—she was a
lacrosse player, a sorority
sister, and a member of the Panhellenic Board—Fisher learned important
“I took on different roles, learned how to work as a team member and how to set
goals,” she says. “Those experiences taught me what it takes to be a true leader,
and I thank R-MC for giving me that gift.”
Three study-abroad trips—to China, Greece
and London—opened up Fisher’s eyes to the joys of traveling.
“My travel experiences prepared me for the real world,” she says. “I communicate
daily with my contacts in the Asia Pacific—in fact, I’ll soon be working in our
Hong Kong office for about two months. There are not many other colleges that give
students so many opportunities to explore the world through travel.”
Paving the Way for Success
Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students
for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with
students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to
find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for
successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
The Randolph-Macon EDGE,
the cornerstone of the Center for Personal and Career
Development, helps Randolph-Macon students lead the pack when competing
for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career
coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.
Students may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of
settings. The Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S.
and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and
Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches
them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s alumni provide
a strong network of support for students throughout their time at the college or
in assisting them after graduation with career direction and opportunities.
The college’s Four-Year Degree
Guarantee guarantees in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree
Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon
will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95
percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important
value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
Study Abroad programs offer students
a beyond-the-classroom global perspective. Students can choose from a host of travel
courses and semester-abroad programs.
The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
program gives students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research
under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many students present their findings at national
and international conferences.
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